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New Supply Chain Models: Disruptive Supply Chain Strategies for 2030 (Systematic Literature Reviews)

Special issue call for papers from Supply Chain Management

Special issue call for papers: Supply Chain Management: An International Journal
2016 Impact Factor 4.072
Guest Editors: Dr Beverly Wagner and Professor Richard Wilding OBE

Submission deadline: March 31, 2018

Automation and enabling technologies can benefit business and economies globally by revolutionising supply chains, altering ways we work, demanding new skills and capabilities, improving communication, collaboration and integration of supply chain partners.  At the same time, technologies can contribute to achieving economic objectives by addressing productivity, efficiency, health and safety, environmental and social sustainability.  Forward thinking organisations expanding into poor and aspirational markets will utilise advanced technologies catalysing transformational economic and social change.   

Exponential technologies present an array of opportunities and risks, as they encourage innovation across the entire supply chain.  These encompass Industry 4.0; Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber Physical Systems(CPSs), Machine to Machine (M2M), Advanced Robots, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Blockchain, 3D printing, Information Systems, Data Analytics, Drones, Sensors etc.

Macro level forces fuel innovation by forcing core system modernisation and changing the role of IT within organisations. Potential “disruptive” technologies support proactive procurement and manufacturing productivity. Technological innovation directly impact on employee quality of life, working hours and pay. Greater connectivity provide buyers and consumers with more information than ever before about product origin as well as its environmental impact.

This special issue invites systematic literature reviews that explore the application and impact of advanced technologies on supply chain management theory and practice. Highlighted is the multidisciplinary nature of SCMij and considerations beyond organisational boundaries.  Central to this call are discussions on the implications for practice in terms of the impact on society, environment and economy (that is beyond telling us how great robots are!).  From the systematic reviews, evidence for continued focus on traditional areas of supply chain investigation as well as emphasising new topics for research will be identified that encapsulate this changing landscape
Themes relevant to this special issue include, but not limited to:

  • Business model innovation
  • Operating and delivery modes
  • Procurement
  • Design and product development
  • Open innovation,
  • New forms of partnerships
  • Developing capabilities
  • Education for supply chain talent
  • Risk and resilience
  • Supply chain disruption
  • Retail supply chains
  • Servitization
  • Social sustainability
  • Environmental sustainability and the circular economy
  • Supply chain theories for 2030

Systematic Literature review methodology must be evidence-based, using a robust ‘‘auditable’’ and ‘‘repeatable’’ literature review methodology, for example the ‘‘Systematic Review Approach’’ (Tranfield et al., 2003; Rousseau et al., 2008; Denyer and Tranfield, 2009). Please note: Narrative reviews using poor methodology will be rejected by the Editors. The review should focus on a single question that tries to identify, appraise, select and synthesize all high quality research evidence relevant to that question. The single research question should fulfil SCMIJ requirements by having a multidisciplinary focus and extending beyond the dyad. Complex issues in supply chain management research require holistic and systematic approaches to investigation; better understood through multi-disciplinary lenses. The objective of ‘‘extending beyond the dyad’’ is aimed at pushing the boundaries beyond the traditional buyer/supplier interface.

Literature reviews that contribute most to theory building:
1. are thorough and ‘‘auditable’’;
2. provide a description of the literature analyzed through a number of perspectives;
3. provide structure to the literature by using typologies and categorization;
4. are well-written;
5. identify themes;
6. identify missing themes;
7. raise new research questions;
8. result in a better understanding of a phenomenon; and
9. are interesting.

For this Call, manuscript length requirements are flexible, but to a maximum of 12,000 words. For topics about which few articles have been published the reviews logically may be relatively short. That is fine, as long as the reviews meet the listed criteria. Other topics with a long history will feature many published manuscripts. In those situations, review papers may need to be longer, which is acceptable as well.

Submission guidelines

In preparing manuscripts, authors are asked to follow the Author Guidelines available on the journal homepage at
To submit your paper online you must first create an author account at then follow the on-screen guidance which takes you through the submission process. If you have any queries about the submission process, please contact the journal’s Publisher, Claire Jackson, at [email protected].

Submission deadline: March 31, 2018

References and useful reading

  • Denyer, D. and Tranfield, D. (2009), ‘‘Producing a systematic review’’, Ch. 39, in Buchanan, D. and Bryman, A. (Eds), The Sage Handbook of Organizational Research Methods, Sage Publications Ltd, London, pp.671-89.
  • Kache, F. and Seuring, S. (2017), “Challenges and opportunities of digital information at the intersection of big data analytics and supply chain management,” International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 37 No 1, pp.10-36
  • Rousseau, D.M., Manning, J. and Denyer, D. (2008), ‘‘Evidence in management and organizational science: assembling the field’s full weight of scientific knowledge through syntheses’’, The Academy of Management Annals, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp.475-515.
  • Tranfield, D., Denyer, D. and Smart, P. (2003), ‘‘Towards a methodology for developing evidence-informed management knowledge by means of systematic review’’, British Journal of Management, Vol. 14, pp.207-22.